Passion of The Game of Bridge

Double Squeeze-Finesse in Sarundajang Cup

Double Squeeze-Finesse in Sarundajang Cup

Watching a beautiful play in elite tournament is what will make Bridge an interesting event to watch. Yes, not yet mainstream now, but for those who play, that’s what make them love Bridge even more. Today we see an elegant play by Indonesian national player in knockout team event that involve not only a double squeeze setup, but also the choice of correct contract. We can all learn from this small slam play.

Opening Lead Mini Course: Lead Against NT Contract – 3 of 4

Opening Lead Mini Course: Lead Against NT Contract – 3 of 4

Statistically in general, you will spend 25% of your game of bridge doing the opening lead. Most of the time the contract is not really sensitive to the opening lead. But with the bidding become more precise and aggressive where wrong opening lead can determine whether a slam or game is made, then to make sure the person across the table cannot whinge and to make you a more than average bridge player, for sure there are some good guideline or maybe rule of thumb when it comes to do opening lead. This is one of them…

This article is one out of three about Opening Lead. See: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 4.

Opening Lead Mini Course: Lead Against Suit Contract – 2 of 4

Opening Lead Mini Course: Lead Against Suit Contract – 2 of 4

Statistically in general, you will spend 25% of your game of bridge doing the opening lead. Most of the time the contract is not really sensitive to the opening lead. But with the bidding become more precise and aggressive where wrong opening lead can determine whether a slam or game is made, then to make sure the person across the table cannot whinge and to make you a more than average bridge player, for sure there are some good guideline or maybe rule of thumb when it comes to do opening lead. This is one of them…

This article is one out of three about Opening Lead. See: Part 1, Part 3 and Part 4.

Opening Lead Mini Course: Understand What To Do – 1 of 4

Statistically in general, you will spend 25% of your game of bridge doing the opening lead. Most of the time the contract is not really sensitive to the opening lead. But with the bidding become more precise and aggressive where wrong opening lead can determine whether a slam or game is made, then to make sure the person across the table cannot whinge and to make you a more than average bridge player, for sure there are some good guideline or maybe rule of thumb when it comes to do opening lead. This is one of them…

This article is one out of three about Opening Lead. See: Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

Directing Lead Double: Make Defense Easier

Directing Lead Double: Make Defense Easier

A “double” bid in bridge is a special bid with various use. You can use it for takeout or negative (asking partner to bid longest suit, basically), to penalize opponent to to resume disrupted bidding system (for example: DOPE/ROPE). On this article, we will see how it can be used for lead directing, to make the opening lead much more certain and easier.

Opening Lead Mini Course: Which Card ? – 4 of 4

Statistically in general, you will spend 25% of your game of bridge doing the opening lead. After you know which suit to lead (see previous part), the final thing is to select a card from that suit that you will put on the table for the opening lead. This part is actually the easiest among all the opening lead techniques and guideline. Why? Because this is merely just the agreement with your partner. As long as you and partner has agreed, that will do.

This article is one out of three about Opening Lead. See: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

Trump Coup: When Finesse is No Longer an Option

Trump Coup: When Finesse is No Longer an Option

How do we draw the rest of the trump without finesse and without give up a trick? The answer is a technique called “Trump Coup”. We need this technique usually when the remaining trump is not evenly distributed, but we cannot do another finesse on a trump suit as we don’t have another card over the bridge. Put simply, this is a finesse without lead the trump itself.